Independent pet stores are leading the charge for better pet health.

Taking pets to the vet is expensive, so independent pet retailing representative Just for Pets has announced a new initiative to provide free health checks for your furry friends.

Just for Pets founder Karen Justice says the $8 billion pet industry is continuously growing.

“Pet owners are spending more than ever on their animals and treating them as they would children, however our research shows that since the GFC, owners are more discretionary about spending money at the vet,” says Justice.

“Our pet health checks are free and offer pet owners a stepping stone before the vet to check their pet’s general health, ask questions, and where necessary validate their decision to go to a vet.”

Justice adds that the health checks are similar to visiting a pharmacist before you head to a doctor.

“Offering the service free means that owners can learn more about their pet’s health and well-being without the fear of wasting their money,” she says.

The services include nutrition and weight management, dental health, skin and coat care, joint mobility, parasites, and behaviour management.

Simply take your pet into a participating store, no booking required.

Sarah Glassford, store owner of Pets Unleashed in Morningside, says the new Pet Health Centre means a new opportunity to share knowledge of pet care with owners.

“We love to see our customers’ pets when they bring them into our store,” she says. “Every staff member undergoes training across all areas of pet keeping and care. Between us we have well over 50 years of specific pet industry experience.”

There are seven independent pet stores in Queensland participating in the initiative:

  • Brontosaurus Pet Superstore, Bigger Water
  • Capalaba Pet and Produce, Capalaba
  • Pets Unleashed, Morningside
  • Ipswich Pet and Aquarium, Ipswich
  • Fernvale Produce, Mitre 10, Fernvale
  • Pets Galore, Toowoomba
  • Chinchilla Pet Parlour, Chinchilla